Pronto! hits a milestone
Last week the Victorian Government and the Victorian AIDS Council celebrated their 1000th rapid test conducted at their PRONTO! clinic in Fitzroy.
The rapid test allows patients to receive their HIV results within 15 minutes by taking a pinprick from the finger, and is Victoria’s first community based HIV testing clinic.
Victorian Health Minister, David Davis, said it was an excellent achievement for PRONTO! which opened its doors in August last year.
“This is an excellent achievement as PRONTO! provides yet another important element in our HIV prevention initiatives,” he said.
“If we are to reduce incidence of infection in Victoria we need to get more gay men testing, and testing more frequently.
“There are many reasons people don’t test, or don’t test regularly, including difficulty in getting appointments, fear of stigma and discrimination, and the time you wait to get a result,” Davis said.
Data collected from patients at PRONTO! shows that approximately 14 percent of men accessing rapid testing have never been previously tested.
Victorian AIDS Council CEO, Simon Ruth, told MCV that they would soon offer full STI screening at the clinic.
“We are serious about ending HIV in Victoria. To do that we will need every prevention tool at our disposal and rapid testing at PRONTO! is an important part of our efforts.
Convenient rapid testing, timely referral into treatment and care pathways will mean good results for gay men."
He went on to confirm that VAC plans on offering STI screenings through PRONTO! by June 10.